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Sibyl Creasey and Shirley Fuller have extracted news articles from two old county newspapers, the Canton Herald and the Wills Point Chronicle. These newspapers have been microfilmed and are housed at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton, for the benefit of researchers. Copies of these articles are also available by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. When requesting a copy, please send a check or money order for $2 to cover cost of copying and postage.

CANTON HERALD, February 12, 1932

"Judge Thomas Rusk Yantis died at the family home in Canton Monday night about midnight, after a prolonged illness; his death not being unexpected by the family and many friends of the deceased. The funeral service was conducted Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist church by Rev. A.D. Sparkman, followed by interment in the Canton cemetery. A large crowd attended the last rites from Canton and vicinity, and many coming from other towns, all paying their respects to the departed, and the floral offerings were beautiful and profuse, attesting the high esteem in which he was held by neighbors and friends. Judge Yantis was born in Rusk county, Texas, April 9, 1857, and prior to 1879, when he moved to Canton, he resided in Rusk and Hopkins counties. For two years after locating at Canton, he taught school, reading law during the time, and was admitted to the Van Zandt county bar May 9, 1881, being an honored member of the county bar association ever since that time, and engaged in the active practice of law until ill health intervened a few years ago. Judge Yantis served one term as county judge of Van Zandt county, embracing the year 1892, when the present courthouse and jail were built at Canton. During all the years as a citizen of Van Zandt county, he ranked high in his profession, took an active part in all things pertaining to the welfare of his town, county and state, was a stanch Democrat and close student of politics, prominent in Masonry, and a devoted member of the Baptist church, serving as Sunday school superintendent and in other religious capacities. (For more of this lengthy article, see the original on microfilm)

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Mrs. Shoemaker was a Dallas visitor Saturday. Miss Earl Blackwell is visiting friends in Canton. Mrs. Carl Hitt visited relatives in Dallas last week. Mrs. Charlie West of Tyler attended the funeral of Judge Yantis Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Will Tull of Dallas were Canton visitors Saturday and Sunday. Miss Frances Sanders of Edgewood spent the week end with Miss Imogene Mathis. James Nail of Abilene is looking natural on the streets of Canton. They all come back. Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Cole of Wills Point were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.J.N. Stoudenmire. Miss Lorene Mitchell, who is teaching in Dallas, spent Saturday and Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Alice Mitchell.

"Mrs. Jessie Cooper and Mrs. Merle Simpson of Dallas visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Foster, Saturday and Sunday. Miss Florence McCauley was down from Denton, where she is attending school, to visit her parents and meet her friends, Sunday. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Loughmiller are congratulating them on the arrival of a fine baby girl. The young lady has been named, Mary Beth. Miss Louise Nixon, who is teaching near San Saba, was a week end visitor with her parents and was accompanied back by her mother for a few days visit. Mrs. Z.W. Moore, after having all her plumbing put up in first class condition around the house has gone to Dallas to buy her spring stock of millinery and other goods for the store. We notice Zack is keeping his hair marceled while he is keeping ‘bach.'

"Mrs. Albert Hargroves entertained with four tables of bridge when the Tuesday afternoon club met with her on Last Tuesday. Following the games delicious refreshments were served to the members and guests present. Mrs. Shad Connor made high score in the game. The Herald understands that the condition of Mrs. Jno. Kellis, reported in last week's paper as quite ill, is considered slightly improved. A long list of friends in Canton and elsewhere are sincerely hoping that the patient will yet be restored to her former good health and strength.

"Ben Wheeler: Bro. Owens filled his regular appointment Sunday morning and Sunday night. The Epworth League meets every Sunday night at six o'clock. Miss Lorenda Huddle, who has been ill since last Thursday, is reported as being some better at this writing. Jno. Cates and son of Mt. Sylvian, Jess Cates and son of Longview, were visiting W.J. Turner the past week. Ike Turner and wife and Grandma Turner of Grand Saline visited Will Turner and family last week. Mrs. Nettie Land left last Friday for Ellis county to visit her daughter, Miss Opal, who is teaching in that county. The musical and domino party at Mrs. Carrie Huddle's Saturday night was enjoyed by several of the neighbors. The Ben Wheeler basket ball boys met the Edgewood team at Van Saturday night. The score was Ben Wheeler, 23, Edgewood, 15.

"Cedar Grove: Mrs. and Mrs. J.C. Sapp are visiting their daughter, Mrs. Will Price, of Hiram. Mr. and Mrs. Coats of Dallas spent Sunday with the latter's sister, Mrs. T.E. Girdley. Lloyd Stroud visited friends at Ben Wheeler recently. Paul Howell of Dallas was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. McClure Friday. Willis Sapp and family have moved to Hiram on Ed Bumpass' farm. Mrs. D.C. Neill is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Tommie Baker, of Dallas. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Stroud of near Poetry spent Saturday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Hair. They also visited his brothers and sisters Sunday morning. The farmers are busy finishing sowing oats."

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